The Winn Word

October 10, 2020

Trimester Two Learning Options Choice Time

It is time for you to make your child's learning option for Trimester two. We are going to offer the same options as the fall.

Option 1: Face to Face (M.T, Th, F) and Virtual (Wed)

Option 2: Bluejay Online (M-F Virtual)

We respect your options and understand that you need to select the best choice for your family. Please fill out ONE form for EACH child at Shepherd Public Schools.

If you have any questions, please contact the office. We would be happy to talk with you about any questions/concerns you may have.

Click the BLUE BOX below to access the survey.

Please submit the survey as soon as possible. The due date is October 23rd.

Homecoming Week October 12-16th

It is that time of year Bluejays! This next week we get to celebrate our homecoming game on Friday. Each day we have a little "Spirit Week" fun for you! As a special surprise, our Winn Parent Club is providing tattoos for our Blue and Gold day! Let's celebrate this fun week by showing our Bluejay pride each day!
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Family Connection: Practicing Mindfulness

Mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means slowing down to really notice what you're doing.

Being mindful is the opposite of rushing or multitasking. When you're mindful, you're taking your time. You're focusing in a relaxed, easy way.

Mindfulness happens naturally sometimes. Think of something that you love to do. When I ride my bike I am on my seat. My hands are on the handlebar and my feet are clipped in to my pedals. With each pedal stroke, I focus on what is ahead and what I need to do to stay on the trail. I notice the sounds of the woods and how I feel as I ride.

This calm focus is what mindfulness is. As part of our SAMSHA grant, we are working on mindfulness in the classroom.

How does mindfulness help in the classroom? Practicing mindfulness each day can help our kids to:

  • pay attention better
  • learn more
  • stay calm under stress
  • avoid getting too upset about things
  • slow down instead of rush
  • listen better to others
  • be more patient
  • get along better
  • feel happier and enjoy things more

To slow down and really connect to what we are doing is something we can all take time to do. At home, practice just being quiet for a minute.

  • While you sit, see if you can just focus on your breath entering and exiting.
  • Connect to how it makes you feel.
  • Notice the sounds and how your lungs feel.
  • Practicing simple things like this give us the opportunity to slow down and notice. Take a minute to try it with your kiddo this weekend!

Friendly Reminder: Practice Student Health Screening Everyday

Thank you for screening your child everyday before they come to school. If your child has any of these symptoms, please call the office.

We can contact the school nurse to seek her recommendation as well. If there is a concern, we would rather you keep your child home to be safe. We have to follow the recommendations from the health department. The more we work together, the longer we can keep our kids and staff safe and keep school open.

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Free Hot Breakfast and Hot Lunch


To order online and ensure you have a free meals waiting for you, order Fridays at noon or before. at: Food Service questionnaire

Face to face students: Free breakfast and lunch will be offered daily.

Bluejay Online students please fill out the questionnaire too.

Meals will be offered on any calendar school day when instruction was set to take place.

Any meals purchased since the first day of school, both balanced and traditional calendars, will be credited back to your student's account. These funds will stay in your student's account until we have to revert back to charging for meals.

When we do have to revert back to charging for lunches again, your student's Free and Reduced status will kick back in at that point. If you have not yet sent in your application for this school year, please do so. That way we can ensure your student is being charged accordingly.


We need your help! Even though breakfast and lunch is FREE, have you filled out an application for FREE/REDUCED lunch program. We want every family in the district to fill out the paperwork for this program. Did you know that the more people we have qualify, the more Federal dollars we get to help kids. Our Title I program that helps kids catch up with reading and math is an example of our Federal dollars at work. Even if you think you may not qualify or you may never use it, please fill out this application anyway. Thanks for helping our kids at Winn!

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Always remember in a world where you can be anything, BE KIND!

Winn Elementary National Blue Ribbon School 2020

We appreciate all of the kindness and grace that has been offered to us as we work to find our new normal. Thank you for sharing your child with our family here at Winn. If your family needs help with social emotional needs or food, please contact me. My door is always open for our families.